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Subject: Re: IT: Idiosyncratic Typeface
From: Phil Martin <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Discussion of Type and Typographic Design <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Thu, 15 Apr 2004 12:17:40 -0400

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From: "Edgar Silva" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Thursday, April 15, 2004 10:47 AM
Subject: Re: IT: Idiosyncratic Typeface

on a first thought it's something useless, in a comunication point of
view, but one can also think of typeface as art and in that case this
can be somehow interesting;
and is also possible to see it as therapy.
but all of this if the idiosygkrasía is relative to the typeface
hope my english makes some sense…

On Apr 15, 2004, at 2:01 PM, Typo. [AS8] wrote:

> What do you think is an "idiosyncratic typeface"?
Edgar Silva
Gráficos do Futuro
Rua Arménia, 18 - 2º
4050-066 Porto
T.: (+351) 22 208 10 90

Edgar, you have struck upon a word which is a favorite of
those who enjoy word-play. From my various sources
I choose to show the following:
    adj : peculiar to the individual; "we all have our own
idiosyncratic gestures"; "Michelangelo's highly
idiosyncratic style of painting"
    Would it be a compliment or a curse to apply this term
to a type designer's work? I am not sure. I would apply it to
the work of Frederic Goudy. Those designs of his I am
familiar with all look somewhat alike. Oops! Guess I cursed
him for his lack of variety. On the other hand, if any reader
happens to own all the U.S. dictionaries ever published, I
expect you will find his name in more of them than any
other designer.
    My Grad design, now under contract to Mark Simonson
for digitizing and marketing, employs a serif treatment I picked
up from Goudy. No, I did not fling my hyphen and dash at a
jaunty angle as he did. But I was tempted.
    Don't let anyone know who I am cribbing from, was my
thinking then.
    Silva, you are getting so good at English, capitalizing the
word may be your next step.

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